Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and captain Ahmed Musa say the national team are prepared for a tough game in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Benin Republic.
Nigeria and Benin will meet in their Group L opener of the 2021 AFCON qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Wednesday (today).
“We enjoyed ourselves against Ukraine and Brazil, but (today) game will be different,” Rohr said at a news conference at the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel and Resort on Tuesday.
“African football is a bit difficult, Benin Republic are doing fine at the moment. I hope today’s (Tuesday) training will be enough for us.”
According to Musa, the players have resolved to ensure that Nigeria grab three points in their match against Benin
He said, “We don’t have a choice. We have to play. Our last two games were good. We will only put our attention in this game the way we did in the friendlies.
“We all know that we have to win the first game. We all know that this is important. We’ll talk to ourselves to ensure that we go out to show what we have.”
Benin coach Michel Dussuyer, said his team were eyeing a positive result in Uyo.
He said, “We know here are great African champions, third in the last AFCON. They have a large squad with players who play at the highest level. We know the gaps in potential.
“We’re here to defend our chances on the field, if we’re disciplined. We already have some experience of playing for the big teams. We’re going to play a game with ambitions.”
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